Every year, well over 20,000 people move to Vancouver, creating a need for spaces in which to live and work. Combined with the geographical constraints of our region, the constant influx creates challenges and opportunities for the industry.
Darren, along with the commercial real estate group he has chaired for many years, is an integral part of helping our clients face challenges and capitalize on opportunities, playing a key role in creating communities.
Pearson Dogwood Lands
- $300+ million sale by Vancouver Coastal Health of 25-acre Pearson Dogwood Lands on Cambie Street in Vancouver
- Arrangements for replacement health facilities to be constructed and transferred back in the future
- $250 million purchase by Blackwood Partners of office tower and shopping centre complex in Surrey
- Ongoing operations and future redevelopment
- Purchase of leasehold assets of Zellers stores in BC
Darren is a problem solver. This is just one of the advantages he brings from practicing in the same area for nearly 30 years. He has the ability to identify issues and provide strategic recommendations for our clients.
|Acquisitions and dispositions of income properties||Residential, retail, office, industrial, hotel and mixed-use development|
|Public-private partnerships||Seniors housing|
|Strata liquidation for re-development||Conventional, strata and air space subdivision|
Darren works collaboratively with our clients and develops innovations that recognize their needs, addressing issues from a business perspective in an industry defined by change and growth. Examples of these innovations include:
- Developing CW Project Hub®, an online platform of efficiency tools that allows our clients to effectively collaborate and connect with us and all stakeholders in a development project. One of the fundamental principles behind this innovation is Darren’s belief that clients deserve information regarding their projects whenever they need it without incurring additional legal costs
- Working with clients to implement alternative fee arrangements, where appropriate, as well as utilizing the training and ongoing education that Darren has pursued in the area of legal project management
- Designing the legal structure for BC’s first campus-of-care-style development—a one part housing, one part healthcare arrangement—which helps seniors stay at home, comfortable and close to loved ones for as long as possible
- Developing and implementing a co-development model for UBC Properties Trust, facilitating the creation of on-campus housing ownership opportunities for university faculty and staff
- Creating CWRealEstate.ca, (formerly BCRElinks.com) a regularly updated source of hot industry topics and a library of free resources and legal templates for the BC real estate industry
Darren’s experience across a broad range of clients allows him to understand each unique business. He provides smart, strategic legal work that brings success to our clients’ projects in the communities and markets they serve.
Awards & Distinctions
- Lexpert, Property Development, since 2010
- Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate Law